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January 29, 2013

Volunteer Opportunities with Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is looking for volunteers! 

  • BBBS offers a School Based Program that matches adult volunteers with a child in a local elementary school.  The matched pair meets at the child's elementary school for 1 hour each week during the school year.
  • BBBS will be opening a new mentoring program, the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program, in February and there will be many positions that could fit the needs of volunteers. Currently, their strongest need is in the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program.

Oliver Hill Mentoring Program

The Oliver Hill Mentoring Program is named in honor of Oliver W. Hill, a Roanoke native and civil rights attorney at the forefront of public school desegregation.  His values of equality and education are the core principles of the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program.  In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly at the Oliver Hill house, located at 401 Gilmer Ave in Roanoke.  During this hour, the match activities might include playing board games, visiting the library, doing homework, taking part in special interest programs, or simply hanging out and talking.  Visits are scheduled on a set day and time; Monday-Thursday between afterschool hours-6pm.  Commitment: One year, one hour weekly. Age requirement to volunteer: 18

Additional volunteer opportunities at the Oliver Hill Mentoring Program include:

  •  Greeter– We want each and every visitor to the OHMP to feel welcomed.  A volunteer Greeter will welcome and assist anyone that comes to the Hill house.  He/she will also answer the phone, complete some administrative work, and keep track of Bigs and Littles as they come and go.
  • Attendant– To keep the children engaged and excited throughout their time at the OHMP, we will provide many enrichment opportunities.  A volunteer Attendant is needed to assist in these activities.  An Attendant’s duties include helping with group projects, organizing arts and crafts, and preparing and distributing snacks.
  • Tutor- An hour-long homework session will be held at the OHMP site on Mon-Thurs afternoons and  volunteers are needed to assist students as they complete assignments. Homework assignments might include practicing spelling words, reading a book, or doing a math worksheet.
  • Special Interest Presenter- Each week the OHMP hosts a different speaker to present a special skill or interest to the group of Littles.  A presenter might discuss his/her career, a unique skill, or an educational topic.  A volunteer is asked to give one presentation on four consecutive days (Mon-Thurs).
  • Ambassador– In order to obtain more volunteers and donations, we need the help of a volunteer Ambassador to educate the community about the OHMP.  An ambassador could raise awareness by distributing informational trading cards, hosting an information session at his/her workplace or church, and/or displaying the BBBS poster in his/her office.

School-Based Program

Bring back memories and return to elementary school for one hour each week!  In this program, volunteers and children are matched in one-to-one relationships and visit with each other for one hour weekly during the regular school day at a local elementary school.  Visits are scheduled on a set day/time each week.  During this hour, the match activities might include eating lunch together, playing Monopoly, reading together, playing outside, doing homework, or hanging out and talking.  Please note that you must be able to travel to an elementary school during the school day (8:00-2:00) and visit with a child for an hour.  Commitment:  one school year, one hour weekly.  Age requirement to volunteer:  16

If you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities with BBBS, please contact Jackie Smith (Director of the Roanoke Valley) at jsmith@bigslittles.org or (540) 345-9604, extension 15.

Workers’ Compensation Tip of the Week

In the event that you should have an accident or illness that arises out of and in the course of your employment at VWCC, you should report the accident or illness to your supervisor and the Human Resources Department immediately.  The Workers' Compensation Coordinator for our agency is Heidi McClintic (hmcclintic@virginiawestern.edu or 857-6331).

  • For medical attention of a non-emergent nature, an employee must select a physician from the college's Panel of Physicians Form.
  • Employees sustaining serious (life threatening) injuries should contact Campus Police (857-7979) and seek medical attention at the closest medical facility.  Immediately upon stabilization of the injury, the employee should seek follow-up treatment from a physician on the Panel of Physicians Form.


Types of Injuries Under the Act

Employees are entitled to receive compensation for an "injury by accident" or an "occupational disease".

In order to be covered, an "injury by accident" must:

  • Occur at work or during a work-related function.
  • Be caused by a specific work activity.
  • Happen suddenly at a specific time. (Injuries incurred gradually or from repetitive trauma are not covered, although certain diseases caused by repetitive trauma are covered.)

In order to be covered, an “occupational disease” must:

  • Be caused by the work.
  • Not be a disease of the back, neck, or spinal column.
  • Not be an ordinary disease of life to which the general public is exposed outside of the employment setting.


There will be a Student Success Mentor meeting on Wednesday, January 30, 2-3 p.m. in D205 AND Thursday, January 31, 2-3 p.m. in the Business Engineering Conference Room (W305G) for new mentors. If any returning mentors would like to attend either of these sessions for updated information or have any concerns, please let the Retention Office know prior to the meeting so we will have your mentor packet available.

Desiree Frye
Retention Office




Workforce Development

Workforce Development http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/index.php

VWCC Summer 2013 KIDS College (summer camps) - More details to be announced soon!

QuickBooks for Business (ACC 295) Class #23347 (1 credit) - This in-depth workshop will help you succeed! - Tips and tricks for using QuickBooks to manage your accounting records, freeing up time for you to grow your business. Are you a small business owner who would like to learn computerized accounting? Have you been using QuickBooks and would like to learn how to use it better?  (Qualifies as 16 CPE credits) Class Dates: Friday evenings 5:30pm – 10:00pm – Class begins February 1st   http://virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/quickbooks.php  Contact: Paulette Parkhill 540-857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

MS Office Skills – The Next Level (ITEC 2348) – Franklin Center, Rocky Mount - Learning key tips and tricks can greatly improve your efficiency and productivity. Numerous shortcuts, WORD 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, pictures, adding borders and shading paragraphs, mail merge the easy way. EXCEL 2010 ribbon basics, quick access toolbar, removing duplicates in lists, formulas and filters. Instructor: Jo Smith. Class to be held at the Franklin Center, Rocky Mount. Dates: Thursdays 6:00-9:00pm - 3/21/13-3/28/13. Contact Paulette Parkhill (540) 857-6514 pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

Intermediate AutoDesk Revit (CADD 2152) 8 week course (30 hrs) Class Number: 68271 Class Dates: Mondays 6:00-10:00pm - 2/25/13-4/15/13. Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/intrevitarch.php

Project Management Exam Prep Course (BUSC 2507) Class #68832 02/28/13 - 05/2/13 - 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM This course is designed to introduce students to the concepts of project management as defined within PMI.org, the accreditation body for project management. Instructor Darryl Agee. http://www.virginiawestern.edu/workforce/classes/pmpcert.php For more details: Contact Paulette Parkhill pparkhill@virginiawestern.edu

VWCC Summer 2013 KIDS College (summer camps) - More details to be announced soon!

Where are the Books?

Due to the renovation of the Circulation floor (top floor) of the library, the majority of the library’s print books have been put into storage.  But don’t worry— the entire circulating collection of books will be back in place on the top floor when the renovation is complete later this year!

In the meantime, you still have several options for books to support your research:

  • Use the “Core Collection”

A small collection of books (approximately 1000 volumes) is available for checkout.  These books can be checked out for a two-week period.  Go to the Circulation Department on the library’s main floor to access this collection.

  • Use our eBooks

The library’s extensive eBook collection (over 40,000 e-Books) is still available during the renovation.  Students can access eBooks from off-campus locations by using their MyVWCC username and password.

  • Use Interlibrary Loan

Interlibrary loan (ILL) is an option for students who require print books for academic work. It usually takes 5-10 business days for books to arrive. Please keep this time frame in mind when making an ILL request.

Brown Library staff members are glad to help you with all of your information needs. Ask a Librarian!

Super Saturday – Help Completing Your FAFSA

Get assistance completing your FAFSA at Super Saturday.

Saturday, February 9, 10am-2pm
3rd floor of Webber Hall

For a list of what to bring please visit http://www.vasfaa.org/Default.aspx?pageId=1194040